JP4859219B2 - Video output apparatus and control method thereof - Google Patents

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JP4859219B2
JP4859219B2 JP2006243398A JP2006243398A JP4859219B2 JP 4859219 B2 JP4859219 B2 JP 4859219B2 JP 2006243398 A JP2006243398 A JP 2006243398A JP 2006243398 A JP2006243398 A JP 2006243398A JP 4859219 B2 JP4859219 B2 JP 4859219B2
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Abstract

There is provided a video output apparatus which inputs a video content that can have at least three different resolutions. A format detector detects an alteration of a resolution of a video content. A scaling processor scales up the video content at a set scale ratio. Upon detection of an alteration of the resolution, the format detector selects one of a plurality of supplemental video pictures, which are prepared in advance in a memory, in accordance with the degree of decrease of the resolution after the alteration to that before the alteration. An image composition unit controls a display unit to display the supplemental video picture together with a video associated with the video content via a video display unit.

Description

  The present invention relates to a video output device for displaying video content on a display device, for example, and a control method thereof. In particular, the present invention relates to a video output apparatus for displaying video content that can have three or more types of resolution on a display apparatus having a predetermined display resolution, and a control method thereof.

  Currently, HD (High-Definition) broadcasting is gradually increasing, but research on video formats having higher resolution (hereinafter referred to as OverHD) is being conducted. OverHD is assumed to have a resolution of about 4000 × 8000 pixels or more and a display screen size of about 100 inches. The resolution of SD (Standered-Definition) content is 480 × 720 pixels, and the resolution of HD content is 1080 × 1920 pixels. Therefore, if the OverHD content is output without reducing the resolution, it is possible to provide the user with a video that is much finer and more realistic than SD as well as HD.

  In the future, even if an environment in which high-definition video content such as OverHD content can be received / displayed in each home, it is unlikely that content with resolutions such as SD and HD will immediately disappear. For example, it is expected that a number of formats such as OverHD, HD, and SD will be broadcasted over a period of several years.

  Even in the current television broadcasting, SD and HD contents are mixed in the same channel. There is a technology in which when a video format is switched in a video display device that supports SD and HD, a video for notifying the name of the video format after switching is displayed for a certain period of time so that the user can recognize the switching of the video format ( Patent Document 1).

JP 2002-354364 A

  When displaying content with a resolution lower than the number of display pixels of the display device, scaling processing is performed on the content video on the display device so that the content is displayed at least in one of the vertical and horizontal directions of the display device ( (Enlargement processing). For example, in the current broadcasting environment, this corresponds to a case where SD content is enlarged and displayed in a vertical direction and / or a horizontal direction on a display device capable of displaying HD content. As a result, the number of pixels of the display device can be effectively utilized to the maximum, and the user can enjoy the content with a large display.

  However, when a simple enlargement process according to the number of pixels of the display device is performed, there is a problem that a blurred image is generated. Here, the simple enlargement process refers to an enlargement process that generates an interpolation pixel using the same pixel value as that of an adjacent pixel, or an interpolation pixel value that is obtained by linear interpolation using the pixel value of the adjacent pixel. Means enlargement processing.

  In particular, when a low-resolution video such as SD content is enlarged and displayed in accordance with the resolution of an ultra-high-definition display device capable of displaying OverHD content, the image becomes very blurred. This is so remarkable that it cannot be compared with the case where the SD content is enlarged and displayed on a display device capable of HD display. In particular, in a case where the SD content is viewed immediately after viewing the OverHD content, a sense of incongruity that causes the user to misunderstand that the display device has malfunctioned or that his / her eyes have deteriorated occurs.

  As described in Patent Document 1, by displaying a video that notifies the user of the switching of the video format, the user can recognize that the cause of the significant change in display quality is the switching of the video format. Would be possible. However, even if the technique of Patent Document 1 is applied, only the fact that the format has been switched is informed. For example, when the degree of change in resolution is large, such as when switching from OverHD to SD, the user will want to adjust the display method. However, if only the format name of the content being displayed is displayed, the user cannot obtain information on what adjustment should be performed. This problem is expected to become prominent especially when the video format increases in the future.

  On the other hand, a method of displaying low resolution content at the same resolution without enlarging it is also conceivable. In this case, blurring of the image can be prevented. However, there arises a problem that the display size is reduced. For example, when SD content is displayed at the same resolution on an ultra-high definition display device capable of displaying OverHD content with a resolution of 4000 × 8000 pixels, the display size (ratio of the display area to the entire screen) is approximately 1/100. For this reason, there is concern that the display size may be uncomfortable. Further, about 99/100, that is, most of the area of the display device is not used for display, and the capability of the display device is not utilized.

  The present invention has been made in view of such problems of the prior art. An object of the present invention is to provide a video display apparatus and a control method therefor that can make it easy for a user to take an appropriate response when the resolution of video content changes.

  Another object of the present invention is to provide a video display apparatus and a control method therefor that can reduce a sense of incongruity due to a change in resolution of video content.

The above-described object is a video output apparatus having an input unit that inputs video content that can have any of at least three different resolutions , and an output unit that outputs video related to the video content. A detecting means for detecting a change in image quality, a scaling means for enlarging video content at a set scaling rate and supplying it to the output means, and when the detecting means detects a decrease in resolution as a change in resolution. Control means for selecting one of the plurality of auxiliary videos according to the degree of decrease in the resolution after the change with respect to the resolution before the change and outputting the selected auxiliary video together with the video related to the video content. Achieved by video output device.

The above-mentioned object is also a control method of a video output device having input means for inputting video content that can have any of at least three different resolutions , and output means for outputting video related to the video content. A detection process for detecting a change in the resolution of the video content, a scaling process for enlarging the video content at the set scaling rate and supplying it to the output means, and a decrease in resolution as a resolution change is detected in the detection process. A control step of selecting one of the plurality of auxiliary videos prepared in advance according to the degree of decrease in the resolution after the change with respect to the resolution before the change, and causing the output unit to output the video with the video content. It is also achieved by a method for controlling a video output apparatus characterized by comprising:

With such a configuration, according to the present invention, it is possible to make it easy for the user to take an appropriate response when the resolution of the video content changes.
Furthermore, according to the present invention, it is possible to reduce a sense of incongruity due to a change in resolution of video content.

DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS Embodiments that are not intended to limit the interpretation of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings for the purpose of illustrating the invention.
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FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a functional configuration example of a digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 as a typical example of a video output apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

  In FIG. 1, a signal input from an antenna or cable 150 is input to the tuner unit 101. The tuner unit 101 extracts a signal of a designated channel from the input signal, performs processing such as demodulation and error correction, and generates digital data in a transport stream (TS) format. In the TS format digital data, video data, audio data, electronic program guide data (EPG) data, data broadcast data, and the like are time-division multiplexed.

  The demultiplexer 102 extracts video data and audio data from the digital data input from the tuner unit 101 and outputs the video data and audio data to the decoder 103. Further, the demultiplexer 102 outputs the electronic program guide data and the data broadcast data to the data stream processing unit 104, respectively. The video data is a bit stream in the MPEG2 video format.

The decoder 103 decodes the video data and the audio data, and outputs the video data to the scaling processing unit 105 and the audio data to the audio output unit 107, respectively.
Further, the data stream processing unit 104 writes the data broadcast data / EPG data into the memory 113 via the bus. The memory 113 is, for example, a storage device that is at least partially nonvolatile and writable.

  The scaling processing unit 105 scales the video data to an appropriate size according to the detection result of the format detection unit 112 described later, and outputs it to the screen configuration unit 106. Here, it is assumed that a scaling process that uses the screen of the display unit as much as possible is set by default. Therefore, a video having a resolution lower than the display resolution is enlarged in accordance with the display resolution at least in one of the vertical and horizontal directions.

Based on the control of the control unit 111, the screen configuration unit 106 reads out data broadcast data and EPG data from the memory 113 as necessary, and synthesizes it with video data from the scaling processing unit 105. The video data is written to the video output unit 108 and displayed on the display unit 110. The contents of EPG and data broadcasting are displayed on the display unit 110 by the composition processing by the screen configuration unit 106.
On the other hand, the audio data is decoded by the decoder 103 and then output to the speaker 109 connected to the outside via the audio output unit 107.

  In the present embodiment, the display unit 110 connected to the outside is a large-screen and high-definition display device having a resolution (number of pixels) at which OverHD content can be displayed. Note that the resolution of the OverHD content is 4000 × 8000 pixels.

  The format detection unit 112 detects the format (resolution) of the video data from the decoding result of the decoder 103 and outputs the detection result to the scaling processing unit 105 through the bus.

  The format detection unit 112 also detects switching of the video data format. Then, message data (auxiliary video data) selected according to the direction and degree of resolution change before and after switching is read from several types of message data stored in advance in the memory 113 and output to the screen configuration unit 106. To do.

  The control unit 111 includes, for example, a microprocessor and a program ROM. Then, the microprocessor executes the control program stored in the program ROM, thereby controlling the operation of each processing unit of the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100.

  The light receiving unit 114 receives and demodulates a radio signal from the remote controller 115 and outputs a control code. The remote controller 115 is an instruction input device for the user to give instructions to the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 such as channel selection, volume adjustment, and EPG display.

  Next, an outline of reception processing in the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 of the present embodiment will be described using the flowchart shown in FIG. The reception process is performed by the control unit 111 controlling and using other units.

The decoder 103 performs a decoding process on the MPE G2 video bitstream input from the demultiplexer 102 (S201). The format detection unit 112 acquires video format information from the decoding result of the decoder 103. Specifically, the resolution information described in the sequence header (SH) included in the sequence layer of the MPEG2 video bitstream is acquired and stored in the memory 113 (S202). In the present embodiment, the format detection unit 112 acquires video format information from all sequence headers in the bitstream.

Subsequently, the format detection unit 112 compares the acquired video format information with the previous video format information stored in the memory 113, and determines whether there is a change in the content (S203). Here, if there is no change, the format detection unit 112 performs only the process of notifying the scaling processing unit 105 of the acquired video format information.
In step S <b> 208, the scaling processing unit 105 determines whether scaling processing is necessary from the video format information from the format detection unit 112 and the number of pixels in the display unit 110.

In the present embodiment, the scaling processing unit 105 determines whether or not the scaling processing is necessary on the assumption that video data is displayed using all the pixels of the display unit 1 10 . The scaling processing unit 105, if the scaling process is determined to be necessary to implement the scaling process (enlargement process) in the video data (S209), as screen configuration unit video data if deemed unnecessary It outputs to 106.

Screen configuration unit 106, in S210, to check for data to be combined to the video data (EPG data, such as character broadcast data or message data). Here, for ease of explanation and understanding, it is assumed that there is no auxiliary video (message video) to be synthesized when there is no format switching. Therefore, screen configuration unit 106 outputs the input video data to the video output unit 108. The video output unit 108 outputs the input video data to the display unit 110 (S212).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in S203 that there is a change in the video format, the format detection unit 112 compares the latest format information with the previous format information and determines whether or not the resolution has decreased (S204). If the resolution after switching increases, that is, the number of pixels increases (S204, N), the same processing as when the video format has not changed is performed thereafter.

  If it is determined in S204 that the video format has been switched to a lower resolution, different processing is performed depending on the degree of the lowering. In the present embodiment, different processing is performed depending on whether the degree of resolution reduction is less than a predetermined level or not. Here, the degree of change as a threshold can be determined according to whether or not the decrease in resolution gives the user a sense of incongruity, and can be set in advance according to the video formats to be handled and the number thereof.

  The digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 of this embodiment handles three types of video formats, OverHD, HD, and SD, in descending order of resolution. When the resolution decreases by one step, such as from OverHD to HD and from HD to SD, it is determined that the degree of resolution reduction is less than a predetermined degree. On the other hand, when the resolution decreases from OverHD to SD, that is, when the resolution decreases by two levels, it is determined that the degree of resolution reduction is equal to or greater than a predetermined degree.

  Further, as a determination criterion other than this, a reduction rate of the number of pixels may be used. In this case, different processing is performed depending on whether or not the rate of decrease in the number of pixels is equal to or greater than a threshold value. In the determination, the combination of less than / more than may be less than / greater than.

  In S204, when it is determined that the degree of resolution reduction is less than a predetermined degree, the format detection unit 112 acquires the data of message 1 from the memory 113 and outputs it to the screen configuration unit 106 (S205). The case of switching from OverHD → HD or HD → SD corresponds to this. On the other hand, when it is determined that the degree of resolution reduction is greater than or equal to a predetermined degree, specifically, when switching from OverHD to SD, the format detection unit 112 acquires the data of the message 2 from the memory 113, and the screen configuration unit It outputs to 106 (S206).

Here, the message information has contents different from those of the messages 1 and 2 and is combined with the auxiliary video data to be presented to the user. The contents will be described later.
Thereafter, the format detection unit 112 updates the format information stored in the memory 113 to information indicating the video format after switching (S207).

  Next, as described above, the scaling processing unit 105 performs scaling processing on the video data (S208, S209). In S210, since there is a message video to be synthesized, in S211, the screen composition unit 106 superimposes the video of message 1 or 2 on the video data as an auxiliary video, and outputs it to the video output unit 108. Therefore, the display unit 110 outputs an image obtained by combining the image of the message 1 or 2 (S212). The message video composition process is continuously performed until, for example, a predetermined time elapses or a predetermined operation of the remote controller 115 is performed.

FIG. 3 shows the data structure of an MPEG2 video bit stream.
The bit stream has a hierarchical structure as shown in the figure. The layers are called a sequence layer, a GOP layer, a picture layer, a slice layer, a macroblock layer, and a block layer from the top. Details of each layer are omitted, but the corresponding GOP information (for example, resolution information (number of pixels), aspect ratio, image rate, etc.) is described in the sequence header (SH) included in the sequence layer. .

FIG. 4 shows data included in the sequence header and a part of its contents.
In the present embodiment, the format detection unit 112 includes HSV (Horizontal Size Value: lower 12 bits of the horizontal pixel number of the image), HSE (Hozizontal Size Extension: upper 2 bits added to HSV), VSV (Virtical Size Value: image) of the sequence header. The lower 12 bits of the vertical pixel number) and VSE (upper 2 bits added to VSV) information are acquired, and the resolution of the video data is specified from these information.

FIG. 5 shows a display example in a state where the images of messages 1 and 2 are combined.
As described above, when the degree of decrease in resolution due to the switching of the video format is relatively small (over HD to HD, HD to SD, etc.), message 1 is selected and combined with the video data and displayed. When the degree of reduction in resolution is relatively low, it is considered that the user feels uncomfortable. For this reason, the message 1 has contents indicating that the video format has changed and the video format names before and after the change (FIG. 5A).

  On the other hand, when the degree of reduction in resolution due to the switching of the video format is large (from OverHD to SD), message 2 is selected and combined with the video data and displayed. When the degree of reduction in resolution is large, blurring due to scaling processing becomes significant, and it is considered that the user feels a sense of discomfort. The user will then try to make some adjustments to improve the display quality. For this reason, the message 2 includes a description indicating operation guidance that the user can perform to improve display quality in addition to the display of the format name shown in the message 1 (FIG. 5B).

  As described above, in the present embodiment, message videos having different contents can be presented to the user as auxiliary videos according to the degree of change in resolution reduction when the video format is switched. In particular, when the resolution is lowered to such a degree that the user feels a sense of incongruity, a message with more detailed content is presented than when the resolution is not so. Specifically, a message including an explanation of the reason for the deterioration in display quality and guidance for operations that can be performed to improve the display quality is synthesized with the video data and output.

  Therefore, the user can not only recognize that the significant change in display quality is due to the switching of the video format, but also understand what operations should be performed to improve the display quality. Convenience is high.

  Even if the resolution is lowered due to the switching of the video format, if the degree is relatively small, a small amount of information such as only the format name before and after the switching is displayed. For this reason, the display area of the message video can be small, and the content viewing can be prevented from being hindered.

  As described above, in this embodiment, the details of the message to be displayed are not uniquely associated with the type of the video format after switching, but are associated with the degree of change in resolution before and after. Therefore, even if the video format after switching is the same, the content of the message changes according to the video format before switching. It is possible to display a message that matches the actual feeling of discomfort felt by the user, rather than associating absolute resolution with message details.

  In this embodiment, the switching of the video format is detected with reference to the sequence header in the bit stream of the MPEG2 video. However, the detection method is not limited to this. For example, the program correspondence table (Program Map Table: PMT), which is one of the program specific information (PSI) included in the broadcast wave, similar to the EPG data, is used. You may refer to “video_encode_format” in “video decode control descriptor”. In video_encode_format, information about the video format such as 1080p and 720p is described.

  The video decoding control descriptor is defined by the Radio Industry Association (ARIB) for the purpose of transmitting the operation sequence on the transmission side to the receiver at the time of HD / SD switching so that the receiver can perform seamless switching.

  Also, in the present embodiment, three types of video formats having three different resolutions, SD, HD, and OverHD, and two types of message contents displayed as auxiliary video are illustrated. However, it is possible to use more types of video formats and message contents.

  Further, in this embodiment, although not specified in particular, even if the video format is switched within the same channel over time, the switching is due to the user actively changing the channel. Also good.

<< Second Embodiment >>
Next, a second embodiment of the present invention will be described. The video output apparatus according to the present embodiment may have the same configuration as the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 described with reference to FIG. Further, the method for detecting the switching of the video format and the display timing of the message video are different from those in the first embodiment. Accordingly, only the operational differences from the first embodiment will be described below. The same configurations and operations as those of the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference numerals as those described in the first embodiment, and this is represented.

  In this embodiment, video format switching is performed using a component descriptor in an event information table (Event Information Table: EIT), which is one of PSI, included in a broadcast wave as in EPG data. To detect. Although there are a plurality of types of EIT, EIT (EIT [present / following], hereinafter referred to as EIT [p / f]) for the current program and the next program in the current channel is used. Then, by referring to “stream_content” and “component_type” of the component descriptor included in this EIT [p / f], it is possible to detect whether or not the video format is switched before the next program starts. it can.

  Note that stream_content is a 4-bit identifier representing the type of stream (video, audio, data). Also, component_type is an 8-bit identifier that defines information corresponding to the type of each stream (eg, video, 1080i, aspect ratio 16: 9, audio dual monaural, etc.).

  Therefore, if the format is changed when the same channel is continuously viewed, the user can be notified in advance.

Hereinafter, the operation of the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 in the present embodiment will be described using the flowcharts shown in FIGS. 6 and 7.
FIG. 6 is a flowchart for explaining a message selection operation performed while viewing a current program.
While viewing the program, it is detected from EIT [p / f] whether or not the video format is switched in the next program, thereby selecting message data to be presented to the user. The control unit 111 performs all the instructions for executing a series of processes to each processing unit.

  The data stream processing unit 104 acquires EIT [p / f] from the electronic program guide data and data broadcast data input from the demultiplexer 102 at a predetermined cycle (S601). The format detection unit 112 acquires the stream_content and component_type values for the current program and the next program from the acquired EIT [p / f] as information on the video format (S602). Subsequently, the format detection unit 112 compares the current program with the video format information of the next program on the same channel, and determines whether there is a change in the value (S603).

If there is no change here, as in the first embodiment, the video data decoded by the decoder 103, the scaling processing unit 105, is displayed on the display unit 110 through the screen configuration unit 106 and a video output unit 108. It is not carried out the synthesis of the message image in the screen configuration unit 106.

  On the other hand, if it is determined in S603 that there is a change in the video format, the format detection unit 112 determines whether or not the resolution of the next program is reduced from the resolution of the current program (S604). This determination can be realized, for example, by storing a table in which the values of stream_content and component_type are associated with resolutions in advance in the memory 113 and comparing the resolutions acquired with reference to this table. A two-dimensional table may be prepared in which values of stream_content and component_type corresponding to the current program and the next program are input, and values indicating the direction and magnitude of resolution change are output. For example, it may be a two-dimensional table in which an 8-bit value consisting of stream_content in the upper 4 bits and component_type in the lower 4 bits is generated for the current program and the next program, and that set of values is input. In this case, the decrease in resolution and the degree thereof can be determined by referring to the table once.

  If the resolution increases, it is handled in the same way as when it is determined that there is no change in the video format.

  If it is determined in S604 that the resolution is reduced, the process branches according to the degree of the reduction. Since the determination of the degree of reduction can be performed in the same manner as the method described in the first embodiment, it will be briefly described here. That is, when the degree of resolution reduction is relatively small, specifically, when switching from OverHD to HD or from HD to SD, the format detection unit 112 extracts the message 1 data from the message data stored in the memory 113. Select (S605). On the other hand, when the degree of resolution reduction is large, specifically, when switching from OverHD to SD, the format detection unit 112 selects the data of the message 2 from the memory 113 (S606). That is, at this stage, the screen composition unit 106 does not synthesize the message video. In the case where the screen composition unit 106 is configured to not start the synthesis process when there is no instruction from the control unit 111 even if the message data is supplied, the message data is sent to the screen composition unit 106 in S605 and S606. You may output it.

  Thereafter, the processing from S601 is repeated until it is time to start compositing the message video as the auxiliary video with the content video.

FIG. 7 is a flowchart for explaining the process of presenting the message video to the user. The processing in FIG. 7 is executed independently of the processing described in FIG.
Here, it is assumed that the timing for presenting the message video to the user is one minute before the start of the next program. The control unit 111 detects whether or not one minute before the start of the next program by using a timer stored therein (S701). If there is still more than 1 minute, or if it is already less than 1 minute, normal video output processing is performed without composing the message video (S705).

  When detecting one minute before the start of the next program in S701, the control unit 111 determines whether or not the selected message data exists in the memory 113 (S702). If message data exists, the message data is supplied to the screen composition unit 106. Then, the screen composition unit 106 synthesizes the message video with the content video and outputs it to the video output unit 108 until a predetermined time elapses or a predetermined operation of the remote control 115 is performed (S703).

  The contents of messages 1 and 2 are the same as in the first embodiment. In other words, when the degree of resolution reduction is small, it is enough to notify that the format is changed. On the other hand, when the degree of decrease is large, the content is accompanied by a description indicating a setting change procedure that the user will perform when switching programs.

  As described above, in the present embodiment, different message videos corresponding to the degree of resolution reduction accompanying the video format switching are presented to the user before the video format switching. Therefore, the user can perform a display method changing operation before a desired program is started. As an operation for changing the display method, for example, an upper limit value of the enlargement ratio in the scaling process or the size after enlargement can be designated.

  In the present embodiment, the timing and number of times that the message video is presented to the user are set to once every minute, but the present invention is not limited to this. The message video may be presented before one minute, or the message video may be displayed again multiple times, for example, 10 seconds before.

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Next, a third embodiment of the present invention will be described.
In the first and second embodiments, the resolution reduction accompanying the switching of the video format is provided by a message video having information corresponding to the magnitude of the degree of reduction, and the convenience of the user is improved.

  As a result, the effect that the surprise that the user feels when the display quality suddenly changes and the anxiety that the user cannot know how to improve the display quality can be reduced. However, it has been left to the individual user to decide whether or not to perform an operation for improving the display quality.

  The third embodiment is characterized in that a significant change in display quality can be suppressed without a user operation by automatically changing the scaling process when the video format is switched.

  FIG. 8 is a block diagram showing a functional configuration example of a digital broadcast receiving apparatus 800 as a typical example of a video output apparatus according to the third embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 8, the same components as those in FIG. 1 are denoted by the same reference numerals, and redundant description is omitted. As is clear from the comparison between FIG. 8 and FIG. 1, the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 800 of this embodiment has a configuration in which a display area control unit 116 is added to the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 of FIG.

  The display area control unit 116 controls the display area of the video to be output in accordance with the degree of resolution reduction due to the switching of the video format. The display area control unit 116 receives the resolution information from the format detection unit 112 and determines the scaling rate. Further, the display area control unit 116 determines a display position on the display unit 110 according to the resolution after applying the determined scaling rate. Then, the display area control unit 116 notifies the scaling processing unit 105 of the scaling rate and the screen configuration unit 106 of the display position (coordinate information).

  The scaling processing unit 105 performs scaling processing according to the scaling rate notified from the display area control unit 116. Further, the screen configuration unit 106 outputs the video data to the video output unit 108 so that the video is displayed at the display position notified from the display area control unit 116.

  Hereinafter, an outline of reception processing in the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 800 of the present embodiment will be described using the flowchart shown in FIG. The reception process is performed by the control unit 111 controlling and using other units.

The decoder 103 performs a decoding process on the MPE G2 video bitstream input from the demultiplexer 102 (S901). The format detection unit 112 acquires video format information from the decoding result of the decoder 103. Specifically, the resolution information described in the sequence header (SH) included in the sequence layer of the MPEG2 video bitstream is acquired and stored in the memory 113 (S902). In the present embodiment, the format detection unit 112 acquires video format information from all sequence headers in the bitstream.

  Subsequently, the format detection unit 112 compares the acquired video format information with the previous video format information stored in the memory 113, and determines whether there is a change in the content (S903). Here, if there is no change, the format detection unit 112 performs only the process of notifying the scaling processing unit 105 of the acquired video format information.

  In step S <b> 907, the scaling processing unit 105 determines whether scaling processing is necessary based on the video format information from the format detection unit 112 and the number of pixels in the display unit 110.

When it is determined that the scaling process is necessary, the scaling processing unit 105 performs the scaling process (enlargement process) on the video data without changing the current scaling rate (S908), and determines that the scaling process is unnecessary. and outputs directly to the screen constituting unit 106 of video data. Then, without particularly changing the setting even the screen configuration unit 106, so that the video data input to the display area of the street until it is displayed, and outputs to the video output unit 108. The video output unit 108 outputs the input video data to the display unit 110 (S909).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in S903 that there is a change in the video format, the format detection unit 112 compares the latest format information with the previous format information and determines whether or not the format has been switched to a format with a reduced resolution. (S904). If the resolution after switching increases, that is, the number of pixels increases (S904, N), the same processing as when the video format has not changed is performed thereafter.

  When it is determined in S904 that the resolution is reduced, the display area control unit 116 determines the scaling rate and the display area from the resolution of the video format before and after the switching, and notifies the scaling processing unit 105 and the screen configuration unit 106, respectively. (S905). Details of the method for determining the scaling rate and the display area will be described later.

Thereafter, the format detection unit 112 updates the format information stored in the memory 113 to information indicating the video format after switching (S906).
Thereafter, based on the scaling rate and display area set by the display area control unit 116, the scaling processing unit 105 performs scaling processing (S908), the screen configuration unit 106 controls the display area, and the video is output from the video output unit 108. This is output (S909).

  Next, details of the scaling rate and display area determination process performed by the display area control unit 116 in S905 will be described. In the present embodiment, the display area control unit 116 determines a scaling rate and a display area based on a conversion table prepared in advance.

FIG. 10 shows an example of the conversion table.
The conversion table is stored in the memory 113 in advance. In the present embodiment, the conversion table has a configuration in which a scaling rate and a display area for a video after switching are associated with four combinations of video formats whose resolution decreases before and after switching. In the following description, a combination of video formats before and after switching is called a mode.

  Note that the scaling rate is an enlargement rate of the original video, and in this embodiment, a common value is used in the vertical direction and the horizontal direction. Therefore, for example, when the scaling ratio is 3.5, each of the original video images is multiplied by 3.5. Further, the display area is a value that indicates in what position and in what size of the displayable area (4000 × 8000 pixels) that the display unit 110 has. In this embodiment, the display area has the origin (0, 0) at the upper left of the screen of the display unit 110, the X direction as the right direction, and the Y axis as the lower direction (the X coordinate of the upper left vertex of the display area, Y (Coordinates, width, height) in pixel units.

  Next, the four modes will be described. In both mode 1 and mode 2, the video format before switching is OverHD (4000 × 8000 pixels) and the scaling rate is 1.0. Therefore, the display area is (0, 0, 8000, 4000). From this state, the mode 1 corresponds to the case where the video format is switched to HD (1080 × 1920 pixels), and the mode 2 corresponds to the case where the video format is switched to SD (480 × 720 pixels).

  Mode 3 corresponds to the case where the video format before switching is HD and the display is switched from the state (display area (448, 2, 7104, 3396)) which is enlarged and displayed at a scaling rate of 3.7 to SD.

  In mode 4, the combination of video formats before and after switching is the same as that in mode 3, but the scaling rate of HD video before switching is 3.5 (display area (640, 110, 6720, 3780)).

  In modes other than these, for example, combinations of video formats that improve the resolution, the video after switching is displayed so that the displayable area of the display unit 110 is used as much as possible, as in the first and second embodiments. . In this embodiment, since the scaling rate is common to both the vertical direction and the horizontal direction, an image having an aspect ratio different from that of the display unit 110 is maximized within a range where the image is not cut off. . When there is no change in resolution before and after the switching, the display area is continuously set to the same area. This is because there is no significant deterioration in image quality before and after content switching.

In the present embodiment, the scaling rate for the video after the video format is switched can be determined as follows.
For the change in resolution ratio before / after switching from 10 to 100, it is preferable to determine the scaling ratio in the range of the ratio of scaling ratio after switching / before 2.0 to 4.0. At this time, the ratio of the scaling rate is made smaller as the resolution after switching is lower.

Further, for a change in which the resolution ratio before and after switching is less than 10, the scaling ratio is preferably determined so that the ratio of the scaling ratio after / before switching falls within the range of 1.0 to 2.0.
Needless to say, the value is determined so that the number of pixels after scaling is smaller than the number of displayable pixels of the display unit 110.

In the example of FIG. 10, the resolution ratio before and after switching is
Mode 1: (4000 × 8000) / (1080 × 1920) = 15.4
Mode 2: (4000 × 8000) / (480 × 720) = 92.6
Modes 3 and 4: (1080 × 1920) / (480 × 720) = 6
It is.

Therefore, in mode 1 and mode 2, the scaling factor is set to 3.5 and 3.0, and the ratio of the scaling factors is 3.5 and 3.0, respectively.
In modes 3 and 4, the scaling rates are set to 7.0 and 6.0, and the ratios of the scaling rates are 1.9 and 1.7, respectively.
The display area is determined so that the video after switching is displayed at the center of the screen of the display unit 110.

  In this way, even if the degree of resolution degradation is large, the scaling rate should not be increased too much when the resolution of the video after switching is low, and if the degree of resolution degradation is not so great, the scaling rate By suppressing this change, a significant change in display quality can be suppressed.

  FIG. 11 schematically shows display control according to the table of FIG. 10 using images. In FIG. 11, the same image is used before and after switching for the purpose of quality comparison. In addition, the display area of the image after switching is not accurate particularly in mode 2. This is because an image will be too small if it is described in an accurate size.

  It is assumed that the user has become accustomed to the image quality in the output display area and may wish to view in a larger display area or conversely a smaller display area. Can also be changed. The display position may be changed by the user in the same manner.

  Note that instead of the user manually changing the scaling rate, for example, the display area control unit 116 may perform control such that the display area is gradually enlarged as the viewing time elapses to approach full screen display. Good.

  In the present embodiment, when the resolution after switching is improved, the full screen display is performed. However, the display operation can be changed according to the degree of resolution increase. For example, when the SD is switched from the state where the SD is displayed in the display area (2920, 1280, 2160, 1440) (scaling rate 3.0) to HD, the degree of increase in resolution is much smaller than that when switching to OverHD. In this case, control may be performed so that the scaling rate is maintained (3.0) without scaling (scaling rate 3.7) so that the HD content is displayed on the full screen.

  Similarly, when the user manually switches the SD video scaling rate to 3.7 or less and switches to HD video, the HD video may be scaled at the scaling rate changed by the user.

  As described above, according to the present embodiment, since the scaling rate that suppresses a significant decrease in display quality is automatically set according to the degree of decrease in resolution, there is an advantage that the user can save time and effort.

  Of course, the second embodiment may be combined with the present embodiment. In this case, the messages 1 and 2 may include an indication that automatic setting is performed, such as “If the user continues to watch as it is, the display method is automatically changed.”

  Further, in the present embodiment, the display area control unit 116 has been described as determining the scaling rate and the display area and setting them to the scaling processing unit 105. However, if the scaling rate is determined, the number of vertical and horizontal pixels of the image after scaling processing is determined. Further, the number of displayable pixels on the display unit 110 does not change. Therefore, for example, when it is known that the video is always displayed in the center of the screen, it is not necessary to explicitly determine and specify the display area, and the screen configuration unit 106 is configured to determine the display position. Also good.

<< Fourth Embodiment >>
Next, a fourth embodiment of the present invention will be described.
The fourth embodiment is characterized in that a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that prompts the user to change the display area is displayed instead of the message video in the second embodiment, particularly the video of the message 2 including guidance.

Hereinafter, only differences from the second embodiment will be described.
Also in the present embodiment, a GUI that prompts the user to change the display area is displayed at a timing before the video format is switched. As a result, the user can change the display area to a desired size before the start of the program desired to be viewed.

  The GUI display is realized when the control unit 111 acquires GUI data stored in advance in the memory 113 and sets the output to the screen configuration unit 106. That is, the receiving operation is common except that the object to be selected in S606 in FIG. 6 and the object to be output to the screen configuration unit 106 in S703 in FIG. 7 are changed from the data of message 2 to the GUI data. Further, in the present embodiment, it is assumed that the timing at which the GUI is displayed is the same as the timing at which the message video is displayed in the second embodiment (one minute before switching).

FIG. 12 shows an example of a GUI displayed in the present embodiment.
The digital broadcast receiving apparatus 100 of the present embodiment displays the GUI 1201 in a superimposed manner on the screen 1202 of the display unit 110 one minute before the program is switched (FIG. 12A). Here, it is assumed that the video in the OverHD format is displayed. In this state, when switching to SD is detected by EIT [p / f], a GUI 1201 is displayed instead of the message 2 video. The GUI 1201 includes a message notifying that if the viewing is continued as it is, the image quality of the next program is significantly lowered. As a result, the user can recognize that the image quality is greatly lowered in the next program.

The GUI 1201 also includes a message for inquiring whether or not to immediately change the display area setting, and a button 1206 that can be selected by the user using the remote control 115. Here, push of the button 1206, the control unit 111 recognizes via the light receiving portion 1 14.
When “No” is designated, the control unit 111 deletes the GUI 1201 and the next program is scaled and displayed in the same display area (full screen) as the current one.

In GUI1201, if the user requests a change of the display area, that is, when the "YES" button is designated, the control unit 111 controls the respective units, the default display area to a predetermined, the currently displayed A downconverter obtained by downconverting the video and an image 1203 are displayed (FIG. 12B) . The control unit 111, from the memory 11 3, reads the data of guidance display 1204 illustrating an operation method for performing change of the display area, and outputs to the screen configuration unit 106 to perform the superimposed display. The default display area may be determined for each video format after switching, or may be determined using the conversion table described in the third embodiment.

By down-converting the display, the user can change the display area while actually confirming the display quality that will be obtained in the next program.
In accordance with the guidance display 1204, the user changes the display area to a desired position and size using the remote controller 115. At this time, the control unit 111 changes the scaling rate and display area of the down-converted image 1203 in real time according to an instruction given from the remote controller 115, so that the user can obtain a desired display quality while checking the screen. An area can be determined.

When the determination key of the remote controller 115 is pressed and a desired display area is determined by the user, the control unit 111 fixes the display area at that time. Finally, a message video 1205 describing the setting procedure for changing the display area again is displayed (FIG. 12C) . The message video 1205 is automatically deleted after being displayed for a certain period of time.

As described above, in the present embodiment, when there is a resolution decrease accompanying video format switching and the degree thereof is large, a GUI for inquiring whether to change the display area in advance is displayed. When a change of the display area is instructed, the display area is immediately set on the spot. Therefore, the user can immediately set the display area without searching for a menu screen or the like for changing the display area.

  Although the present embodiment has been described on the premise of the second embodiment, it goes without saying that the GUI 1201 may be displayed instead of the image of the message 2 in the first embodiment. In this case, using the MPEG2 video sequence header, the GUI 1201 is displayed when a large degree of resolution reduction is detected after the program is switched.

<< Fifth Embodiment >>
Next, a fifth embodiment of the present invention will be described.
The present embodiment is characterized in that in the first embodiment, the video format switching detection target is expanded to input contents from an external device.
Therefore, only differences from the first embodiment will be described below.

  FIG. 13 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration example of a digital broadcast receiving apparatus 1300 as a typical example of a video output apparatus according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention. A difference in configuration from the first embodiment is that an external input processing unit 117 is provided.

By having the external input processing unit 117, not only switching of the video format in the broadcast content,
・ Switching from broadcast content to external input content,
It is possible to detect a change in video format in switching from external input content to broadcast content and in switching from external input content to another external input content.

  In the present embodiment, the external input processing unit 117 has four interface terminals: a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) terminal, an IEEE 1394 terminal, a D terminal, and a video input terminal (composite terminal).

  HDMI is a specification formulated for AV home appliances by adding an audio transmission function, a copyright protection function, a color difference transmission function, and the like to DVI (Digital Visual Interface) which is a standard for a connection interface between a PC and a display.

  IEEE 1394 is an interface standard for connecting AV equipment and PCs, and can exchange various data. It is mainly used for connection between DVC (Digital Video camera) and PC.

  The D terminal is a Japan-specific standard created for connecting analog video signals of video equipment. Basically, the terminals are combined so that the input and output of component video signals can be connected with a single cable, but identification signals such as the number of scanning lines, scanning method, and aspect ratio can also be transmitted. .

  The video input terminal (composite terminal) is a video input / output terminal used in general televisions and video equipment. This terminal is used for composite video signals, and is used in NTSC and the like.

  The external input processing unit 117 acquires resolution information when a signal is input from each connection terminal. The video input terminal is determined to be equivalent to SD, and the resolution information is acquired from the format and identification signal of the input content for the other connection terminals. Then, resolution information is recorded in the memory 113.

  The resolution information can be acquired as follows, for example. In the case of a D-VHS or HDV standard video device connected by IEEE1394, the video is recorded in the MPEG2 system. Therefore, the resolution information can be acquired from the sequence header (SH) of the MPEG2 video bitstream as with the broadcast content. In the case of other devices connected by IEEE1394, depending on the device, for example, in the case of a tape device, resolution information using “RECORDING SPEED Command” defined in IEEE1394TA AV / C Tape Recorder / Player Subunit is used. It is also possible to obtain.

  In the case of a device connected by HDMI, video data is transferred without being compressed, so that resolution information can be obtained by directly analyzing the data. The resolution information can also be acquired using a control protocol such as CEC (Consumer Electronics Control).

  For example, when the video content input source is changed through the remote controller 115 during reception and display of a broadcast wave, the format detection unit 112 displays the resolution information acquired by the external input processing unit 117 and the latest information stored in the memory 113. Compared with the resolution information, the presence or absence of a change in resolution is confirmed. Thereafter, similarly to the first embodiment, processing according to the presence / absence of change, the direction of change (decrease or increase in resolution), and the degree of change is performed.

  As a result, when the video format is switched between any content of the broadcast content and the external input content, the degree of resolution reduction before and after the switching can be detected, and the same effect as in the first embodiment can be obtained.

  In this embodiment, the external input processing unit is added based on the first embodiment. However, the external input processing unit is added to the digital broadcast receiving apparatus 800 according to the third embodiment. Also good.

  Further, although four external interfaces are exemplified, it is possible to provide more interfaces or different types of interfaces as long as the video format of the content can be specified.

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The above-described embodiment can also be realized in software by a computer of a system or apparatus (or CPU, MPU, etc.).
Therefore, the computer program itself supplied to the computer in order to implement the above-described embodiment by the computer also realizes the present invention. That is, the computer program itself for realizing the functions of the above-described embodiments is also one aspect of the present invention.

  The computer program for realizing the above-described embodiment may be in any form as long as it can be read by a computer. For example, it can be composed of object code, a program executed by an interpreter, script data supplied to the OS, but is not limited thereto.

  A computer program for realizing the above-described embodiment is supplied to a computer via a storage medium or wired / wireless communication. Examples of the storage medium for supplying the program include a magnetic storage medium such as a flexible disk, a hard disk, and a magnetic tape, an optical / magneto-optical storage medium such as an MO, CD, and DVD, and a nonvolatile semiconductor memory.

  As a computer program supply method using wired / wireless communication, there is a method of using a server on a computer network. In this case, a data file (program file) that can be a computer program forming the present invention is stored in the server. The program file may be an executable format or a source code.

Then, the program file is supplied by downloading to a client computer that has accessed the server. In this case, the program file can be divided into a plurality of segment files, and the segment files can be distributed and arranged on different servers.
That is, a server apparatus that provides a client computer with a program file for realizing the above-described embodiment is also one aspect of the present invention.

  In addition, a storage medium in which the computer program for realizing the above-described embodiment is encrypted and distributed is distributed, and key information for decrypting is supplied to a user who satisfies a predetermined condition, and the user's computer Installation may be allowed. The key information can be supplied by being downloaded from a homepage via the Internet, for example.

  Further, the computer program for realizing the above-described embodiment may use an OS function already running on the computer.

  Further, a part of the computer program for realizing the above-described embodiment may be configured by firmware such as an expansion board attached to the computer, or may be executed by a CPU provided in the expansion board. Good.

It is a block diagram which shows the functional structural example of the digital broadcast receiver as a typical example of the video output device which concerns on the 1st Embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart explaining the outline | summary of the reception process in the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a figure which shows the data structure of the bit stream of MPEG2 video. It is a figure which shows some data contained in the sequence header of the bit stream of MPEG2 video, and its content. It is a figure which shows an example of the message image | video displayed in the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 1st Embodiment. 12 is a flowchart for explaining a message selection operation performed while a program is currently being viewed by the digital broadcast receiving apparatus according to the second embodiment. It is a flowchart explaining the process which shows a message image | video to a user in the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 2nd Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows the functional structural example of the digital broadcast receiver as a typical example of the video output device which concerns on the 1st Embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart explaining the outline | summary of the reception process in the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a figure which shows an example of the conversion table which the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 3rd Embodiment uses. It is the figure which showed typically the display control according to the table of FIG. 10 using the image. It is a figure which shows an example of GUI which the digital broadcast receiver which concerns on 4th Embodiment displays. It is a block diagram which shows the functional structural example of the digital broadcast receiver as a typical example of the video output device which concerns on the 5th Embodiment of this invention.

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  1. A video output device comprising: input means for inputting video content that can have any of at least three different resolutions; and output means for outputting video related to the video content,
    Detecting means for detecting a change in resolution of the video content;
    Scaling means for enlarging the video content at a set scaling rate and supplying the output content to the output means;
    When the detection unit detects a decrease in resolution as the change in resolution, a plurality of auxiliary videos prepared in advance are selected according to the degree of decrease in resolution after the change relative to the resolution before the change, A video output apparatus comprising: control means for causing the output means to output together with video related to video content.
  2.   When the auxiliary video is a message video and the control means has a higher degree of resolution reduction than a predetermined degree, the control means sends a message with more detailed content than when the resolution reduction degree is less than or equal to the predetermined degree. 2. The video output apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the message video included is selected.
  3.   When the resolution reduction degree is larger than a predetermined degree, the control means selects a GUI video asking the user whether or not to change the setting of the scaling rate as the auxiliary video, and 2. The video output apparatus according to claim 1, wherein when the degree of decrease is equal to or less than a predetermined level, a message video is selected as the auxiliary video.
  4. The detection means, the image output device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that detecting a change in resolution of the video content switching time of the video content.
  5. It said input means is a video output device according to any one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that inputting the video contents through the broadcast waves.
  6. Before the video content is switched to the next video content by the detection means referring to the information of the video content currently being broadcast and the information of the video content to be broadcast next included in the broadcast wave. 6. The video output apparatus according to claim 5 , wherein a change in the resolution of the video content is detected.
  7. An interface means for inputting video content from an external device;
    The detection means, in addition to video contents inputted through the broadcast wave, the video output also claim 5 or claim 6, wherein detecting a change in the resolution for the video content input through the interface unit apparatus.
  8. A control method for a video output device, comprising: an input unit that inputs video content that can have any of at least three different resolutions; and an output unit that outputs video related to the video content,
    A detection step of detecting a change in resolution of the video content;
    A scaling step of enlarging the video content at a set scaling rate and supplying the video content to the output means;
    When a decrease in resolution is detected as the change in resolution in the detection step, one of a plurality of auxiliary videos prepared in advance is selected according to the degree of decrease in resolution after the change relative to the resolution before the change, And a control step of causing the output means to output together with the video related to the video content.
  9. When the auxiliary video is a message video, and the control step determines that the resolution reduction degree is greater than a predetermined degree, a message with more detailed content than when the resolution reduction degree is less than or equal to the predetermined degree. 9. The method of controlling a video output apparatus according to claim 8, wherein a message video including the selected message video is selected .
  10. In the control step, when the degree of resolution reduction is greater than a predetermined degree, a GUI video asking the user whether to change the setting of the scaling rate is selected as the auxiliary video, and the resolution 9. The video output device control method according to claim 8, wherein a message video is selected as the auxiliary video when the degree of decrease is equal to or less than a predetermined level .
  11. 11. The video output device control method according to claim 8, wherein the detection step detects a change in resolution of the video content at a time when the video content is switched .
  12. 12. The video output device control method according to claim 8, wherein the input means inputs the video content through a broadcast wave .
  13. The detecting step refers to information on the currently broadcast video content and information on the next broadcast video content included in the broadcast wave, so that the video content is switched to the next video content. 13. The video output device control method according to claim 12, further comprising detecting that a change in resolution of the video content occurs .
  14. The video output device further includes interface means for inputting video content from an external device,
    14. The video output according to claim 12, wherein the detection step detects a change in resolution of video content input through the interface unit in addition to video content input through the broadcast wave. Control method of the device .
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